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The first Bohemians : life and art in London's golden age

By: Gatrell, Vic

0718195833 / 9780718195830
Stock expected by 17/12/2019
20 cm xxvi, 484 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white), maps (black and w
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Allen Lane, 2013.

The colourful, salacious and sumptuously illustrated story of Covent Garden - the creative heart of Georgian London - from Wolfson Prize-winning author Vic GatrellSHORT-LISTED FOR THE HESSELL TILTMAN PRIZE 2014In the teeming, disordered, and sexually charged square half-mile centred on London's Covent Garden something extraordinary evolved in the eighteenth century.

It was the world's first creative 'Bohemia'. The nation's most significant artists, actors, poets, novelists, and dramatists lived here.

From Soho and Leicester Square across Covent Garden's Piazza to Drury Lane, and down from Long Acre to the Strand, they rubbed shoulders with rakes, prostitutes, market people, craftsmen, and shopkeepers.

It was an often brutal world full of criminality, poverty and feuds, but also of high spirits, and an intimacy that was as culturally creative as any other in history.

Virtually everything that we associate with Georgian culture was produced here.


1DBKESL London, Greater London, HBJD1 British & Irish history, HBTB Social & cultural history

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